Blackhawks with Boston connections
Blackhawks winger Jimmy Hayes grew up in Dorchester and played college hockey at Boston College, where he scored 81 points over three seasons with the Eagles, helping BC defeat Wisconsin and win the 2010 NCAA National Championship. He spent most of this past season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, scoring 45 points in 67 games. He appeared in 10 games for Chicago this past season, tallying one goal and three assists.
Another right wing, Ben Smith, hails from Avon, Conn., and played at Boston College for four seasons. He scored 122 points for the Eagles from 2006-2010, and won two NCAA titles with BC before being drafted by the Blackhawks and playing the past few years with the IceHogs, while also recording 20 games in the NHL with Chicago.
Third-string goalie Carter Hutton played at UMass-Lowell, recording 32 wins in four seasons for the River Hawks while posting 10 shutouts. He spent one season with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL before anchoring the goal for the IceHogs the past two seasons. He played one game for the Blackhawks this past season, recording 25 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Blues.
Left wing Viktor Stalberg played in Hockey East for the University of Vermont, totaling 88 points over three seasons with the Catamounts. Right wing Patrick Sharp also played for UVM for two seasons, scoring 53 points in his college career. Center Michal Hanzus played his rookie season in the American Hockey League for the Worcester IceCats in 1996-97, tallying 63 points in 69 games for Worcester, while adding eight points in 11 playoff games that season.
Veteran winger Jamal Mayers also played for the IceCats, scoring 85 points in 143 games over three seasons with Worcester before a long career with stops with the Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and San Jose Sharks.